Francis Palmer Smith (1886-1971)

Francis Palmer Smith (1886-1971)

Francis Palmer Smith of the architectural firm Pringle and Smith was an academic architect in the prevailing tradition of early-twentieth-century eclecticism. His breadth of interests and range of practice were as extensive as those of any architect of his period in Georgia. He began his career as an architectural educator and ended his long practice as an architect with a reputation as the most accomplished of his generation in Atlanta.
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Community Preservation

Community Preservation

The story of historic preservation in Georgia, as in the nation, is one of the rebirth of neighborhoods and downtowns. In the almost fifty years since the Historic Savannah Foundation began reclaiming that city's historic downtown neighborhoods, historic preservation has increasingly been used in Georgia as the basis for community development.
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Leila Ross Wilburn (1885-1967)

Leila Ross Wilburn (1885-1967)

The practice of Atlanta architect Leila Ross Wilburn emerged from and reflected the values of the Craftsman movement. Craftsman architecture promoted craftsmanship, solid construction, family life, and egalitarian values embodied in small houses for middle-class Americans. Encouraging homeownership for large numbers of clients, Wilburn was the only woman known to have published plan books for contractors and house builders.
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Burge and Stevens

Burge and Stevens

Burge and Stevens (later Stevens and Wilkinson) was the initial partnership of an architectural firm, still active in the twenty-first century, which has enjoyed one of the longest continuous practices in Atlanta's history. Formed in 1919 by Flippen David Burge (1895-1946) and Preston Standish Stevens Sr. (1896-1989), Burge and Stevens began designing small suburban residences, often in simplified Tudor, colonial revival, or neoclassical styles.
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Ivey and Crook

Ivey and Crook

The architectural firm Ivey and Crook (1923-67) excelled in traditional architecture during a competitive period of eclecticism. The firm built residences, churches, and schools in Atlanta and LaGrange, and occasionally other locations in the Southeast. Its most popular and recognizable residential feature was the four-columned portico adorning single-story homes, a southern colonial image that looked to Thomas Jefferson's neoclassicism for inspiration.
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Edmund G. Lind (1829-1909)

Edmund G. Lind (1829-1909)

Edmund George Lind was one of the few nationally prominent architects to practice in Georgia during the early Victorian era. Born and trained in England, he was a leading figure in the increasingly important American Institute of Architects (AIA). Through his writing, design work, and support of professional organization, he played a significant role during his stay in the state from 1882 to 1893.
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W. T. Downing (1865-1918)

W. T. Downing (1865-1918)

By the end of the nineteenth century, W. T. Downing, at thirty-five, already had developed a reputation as a designer of stylish homes for an elite clientele in Atlanta. His houses were innovative in their combined stylistic references and sophisticated in their up-to-date Late Victorian taste. He was responsible for several of Atlanta's oldest extant churches.
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William H. Parkins (1836-1894)

William H. Parkins (1836-1894)

William H. Parkins was the most significant architect practicing in Georgia in the immediate decades following the Civil War (1861-65). A New Yorker who had lived in South Carolina in the 1850s, he returned to the postbellum South and settled in Atlanta. There Parkins started the state's most successful architectural business, which lasted until his retirement in the late 1880s.
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G. L. Norrman (1848-1909)

G. L. Norrman (1848-1909)

Swedish-born Gottfried Leonard Norrman came to Atlanta in 1881 after an extensive architectural education in Scandinavia and Germany. For the next twenty-eight years he was a major designer, a successful businessman with work in five states, and an active promoter of professionalization.
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Neel Reid (1885-1926)

Neel Reid (1885-1926)

For several generations Neel Reid was the best-known residential architect in Atlanta. His houses enjoyed a pedigree, level of prestige, and quality that made them the most sought after in the city. Owning a Neel Reid house, with its refinement of style, was thought to be a mark of taste and social acceptability.
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